Re-hemming a torn pillowcase

I have a pillowcase that Lilo the cat decided would make a tasty treat back before she started her medication. She chewed the edging in two places.

She ate a two- to three-inch piece on the right and a smaller one toward the left.

Instead of throwing it away or tossing it in the scrap heap, I decided to fix it.

I used a seam ripper to remove the old binding. Then I ironed the fabric and pressed a new seam. The fabric was a little darker under the removed fabric, since it hadn’t been exposed to the light in a few years. That made a dark band around the edge that looked a little weird, so I used a decorative embroidery stitch programmed into my Pfaff (rather then a straight stitch or blind hem stitch) to obscure the dark/light boundary.

If you look closely, you might see that the fabric to the right of the decorative hem is faded and the fabric to the left is darker.

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